How Do I Find the Best Charter High Schools?
Finding the best school for your child feels like an overwhelming fear to almost any parent these days. Every child's needs are different, and every parent has different priorities when it comes to finding a school that they feel suits their child's needs the best. There is no one "right or wrong" choice when it comes to choosing a school for your child. However, every parent fears picking the wrong school for their child. It would have a big impact not only on the child growing up but also on their options in the future.
Some parents are focused on finding a school with the strongest academics, while others might have children who need specific remedial, college prep, or AP classes. Others might be focused on a school with good IEPs for their child. Some students want to play sports, while others will want to join an art club. Some children need smaller class sizes, while others will do fine in larger class sizes.
All of these choices and possibilities make it overwhelming for parents to choose the right school for their children. DoNotPay recognizes this challenge that parents often face and offers a tool on their website that helps you sort out schools based on the criteria you specifically specify for your student. In return, we will offer you the top 5 schools in your area that provide you with the best services in these specific areas to help you choose the right school for your children.
What Is a Charter School?
- A charter school is a public school that operates as a school of choice.
- Charter schools commit to obtaining a certain educational outcome (i.e. STEM, science, math, performing arts, bilingual/blended [ speaking multiple languages] classrooms, etc.) and are then granted a charter to open a school to meet those educational outcomes.
- These schools do not have to abide by both statewide and local specific management restrictions as many other public schools do, but there are some standards that they must meet in the same way as public schools do.
- Charter schools cannot charge tuition. They are also not able to be affiliated with any sort of religion or religious institution.
There are currently about 7,500 charter schools located throughout the entirety of the United States that service about 3 million students. Currently, studies show that about 50% of parents support the creation of charter schools, while 50% of parents are not in favor of the formation of such schools. Just shy of 60% of these schools currently support students of lower socioeconomic status and provide reduced-price or free school lunches as well as other services to help provide students with the assistance they need to get the education they deserve.
What Should Parents Look For in Schools?
Parents must consider lots of different things about a school before determining if it is the right fit for their students. No one thing makes a school a right fit for every student, which is why there are choices. When it comes to picking the right school for your student, there is no "one-size-fits-all" approach that will work for everyone.
Some parents will emphasize one thing over another when it comes to finding the best education for their child. However, there are some criteria that we can agree on with a large majority of parents when choosing a school for their child. Some of those include the following:
|Academic Focuses||If a child is gifted or interested in a certain area of learning, many charter schools will cater to students with strengths in certain subjects. Some charter schools are founded around science and others around language arts, while others are known for the arts they offer. Some charter schools pride themselves on being bilingual (teaching in multiple languages) so that students are fluent in more than one language.|
|Curriculum Used||Parents often focus on a certain curriculum that they want their students to learn from, such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) or a College Prep/AP-based curriculum that offers students advanced academics and an academic chance to get into better colleges or universities after graduating.|
|Class Size||Some parents will prefer smaller classes such as a 12:1 ratio, while other parents may not mind a student-to-teacher ratio of something more like 20:1 or 25:1. Different schools in different areas offer different ratios that meet the needs and desires of parents in that district or area.|
|Teacher Quality||Many parents focus on the quality of teachers at a specific school. They want to know that teacher training is ongoing and that teachers are properly equipped to help the students succeed and thrive if they choose to go onto higher levels of academic achievement after graduation.|
|Sports||Many parents additionally would like to see a school that offers a strong background in athletics. Their students may be gifted in basketball, baseball, or soccer. They may want their children to try new sports and athletics or play multiple sports. Charter schools that provide quality academics alongside strong athletics are a plus for many families and their students.|
|Arts||Students who appreciate and are talented in the arts oftentimes look for charter schools that offer a variety of opportunities for students to practice in the arts. Whether the student plays an instrument, sings, acts, dances, or models, many schools offer opportunities for students to express themselves through the arts in their daily academia. Many schools even provide regular "core" classes (math, history, science, English, etc.) in the morning or afternoon and dedicate the other half of the day to practicing the arts to give students advanced training in the art of their choice.|
|Location||Parents often want a school that is close to their home, as it makes it easier for them to get their child to school each day. It can also make a shorter bus ride for students each way to and from school.|
|School Resources||Parents often want to understand what resources school has available to help students thrive. They want schools that are adequately funded, spending their funding on the right things, and helping students succeed in their academics, athletics, arts, and other endeavors.|
These are some things a parent may look for in a charter school when choosing if they want to send their child to that school, or if they are interested in choosing a different school for their child. Some parents will value certain school attributes more than others, but a lot of that will depend on the family's personal preferences and what values the parents hold as the most important to the success of their children.
The Best Charter School in the US:
There are more than 7.400 charter schools in the United States, but the top charter school of the year is commonly said to be BASIS Charter Schools Inc., whose headquarters are based in Chandler, Arizona. The BASIS Charter Schools Inc. offers a comprehensive education to students that is held to the highest international standards that are rigidly held by the schools from their youngest students up to their oldest students. BASIS Charter Schools Inc. are among some of the best schools in the nation, despite being public and non--selective on which students they accept into their institutions.
Currently, there are more than 32 campuses throughout the United States, including locations in several locations throughout Arizona as well as additional campuses in Louisiana, Texas, and Washington DC.
How Do I Find the Best Charter School in My Area on My Own?
If you are looking for the best charter school in your area for your student on your own, you will have to complete quite a few steps to narrow down your best choice. Following through on your research is not only exhausting and cumbersome but sometimes frustrating and aggravating as well. It's time-consuming, and you may miss certain schools in your area or a town near you. That would be among your best options.
The following are the steps that you would have to follow to find the best charter school in your area on your own:
- Research and find the local charter schools that are in your area. Make a list of the schools that are within a reasonable distance of your home.
- Read about each school and visit their websites for more information to decide which schools interest you.
- Call the schools or request information about their school via their websites to learn more about which school is the right fit for your child.
- Schedule tours with the schools that interest you the most.
- Talk to teachers and current students to get a feel for the atmosphere of the school your child will be attending.
- List the pros and cons of each school, and discuss it with anyone else who might have a say in your child's education (i.e. spouse, partner, etc.).
- Make your decision on which school fits best for your child.
As you can see, this process of researching schools, calling, requesting information, visiting, and choosing can be not only cumbersome but sometimes downright frustrating and exhausting. It leaves you feeling like there HAS to be a better solution. The good news is that there is a better solution to finding the right charter school for your child than just searching haphazardly for a school that they "might" like.
DoNotPay has a "find a school" tool that will allow you to input your information about your location and what you are looking for in a school. It will then return your top 5 choices of charter schools to you, complete with information about each one. This allows you to choose which school fits the needs of your family the best.
DoNotPay Can Help You Research the Right Charter School for Your Student’s Needs:
DoNotPay's "find as school" tool can help your family find the school that most closely meets your needs. To do that, all you have to do is enter your basic information into our system. Once you enter the information requested, the following 4 simple steps will help you return the top 5 schools of your choice along with information to you so that you can make a proper choice for your student and your family:
- Go to the Best Schools Search product on DoNotPay.
- Let us guide you through the different priorities you can filter by, including whether you're looking for a private school vs. public school, your ideal student to teacher ratio, and what grade level you are looking for.
- Tell us how you want us to rank the results (by what's most important to you!) Some examples include, best schools overall, most diverse, best teachers, etc.
- Enter the search area you want to search in for. The wider the area, the more schools we can match you with.
Once you get the information you need, you can choose the school that best meets your child's needs. The fit is different for everyone, and you have to simply find the school that works best for your family.
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